Foodservice & Retail

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Linda Salim, for SeafoodSource from Surabaya, Indonesia

Published on
February 12, 2008

The Federation of Thai Industries in the South opened talks with the government late last week to prioritize seafood-related projects that support the region's fish-processing industry. Two projects highlighted are the Satun seaport and creation of artificial coral reefs.

Under Thaksin Sinawatra's leadership, the central government launched the Satun seaport project, linking Andaman Sea's Satun seaport in the Pak Para district to the Gulf of

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
February 11, 2008

A preliminary report released yesterday by the B.C. Pacific Salmon Forum in Nanaimo, British Columbia, contradicts a recent study that predicted the collapse of wild pink salmon stocks in British Columbia.

In a study published in the Dec. 14 edition of the journal Science, Canadian researchers found that pink salmon north of Vancouver Island had shown harmful effects of parasitic infestation of sea lice brought on by the increased density of

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
February 8, 2008

P.F. Chang's China Bistro yesterday rolled out a new Chinese Grill Menu that includes Citrus Soy Wild Salmon.

The line-caught Alaska salmon is seasoned with lemon wasabi oil, grilled and served with a citrus soy sauce and steamed rice. The dish is priced at $17.

P.F. Chang's China Bistro is based in Scottsdale, Ariz., and has more than 100 locations

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
February 8, 2008

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission will hold a public hearing in Newport News, Va., on Tuesday, Feb. 26, to discuss potential harvest restrictions for blue crab, including shortening the season.

According to a study recently released by the commission, the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population dropped from just more than 450 million crabs in 1990 to about 150 million crabs last year. The state's 2006 crab catch was the lowest recorded since

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
February 4, 2008

Gavin Gibbons is the new director of media relations at the National Fisheries Institute.

A former senior producer for Fox News Channel, Gibbons' NFI responsibilities include setting up interviews with association staff and the media and helping reporters with research.

"In a world of mercury misinformation I am busy trying to get the correct fish facts out there," Gibbons says.

This is Gibbons' first foray into association work after

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 30, 2008

The number of chinook salmon returning to California's Central Valley reached a near-record low, dropping more than 88 percent to 90,000 adult salmon in 2007, according to a report in yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle.

It is the second time in 35 years that the Central Valley has not met the Pacific Fishery Management Councilâ??s conservation goal of 122,000 to 180,000 returning fish.

The population was at an all-time high five years ago,

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 23, 2008

A Chicago research and consulting firm this morning downgraded its 2008 U.S. foodservice industry nominal growth forecast from 5.1 percent to 3.6 percent, citing a larger-than-expected slowdown in discretionary consumer spending.

At its Foodservice Planning Program meeting, Technomic said that real spending will likely fall this year due to a 4 percent inflation rate.

''Because the restaurant industry often serves as a leading economic

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 23, 2008

The Canadian government announced on Monday that Cooke Aquaculture in Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick, will receive up to $1.9 million for its salmon tracking project.

The funding, dispersed over a four-year period, will allow Cooke to develop a system to trace the DNA of the fish that leave its hatcheries. Cooke plans to work with researchers at the Research and Productivity Council to develop a system that will track individual Atlantic salmon

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 22, 2008

United States Cold Storage has completed expansion plans for its Tulare-North, Calif., distribution center. A groundbreaking is scheduled for later this month and operations are slated to start in  August.

The expansion will add 2.7 million cubic feet of dry storage space, including nearly 11,000 storage rack positions and 4.5 million cubic feet of multi-temperature refrigerated space featuring 17,000 pallet positions.

The $29 million

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 18, 2008

Kona Blue Water Farms has raised $2.6 million to expand its operations in Kona, Hawaii, and is seeking further funding to begin international expansion, the company announced today. Kona Blue Water Farms, the first integrated hatchery and open-ocean aquaculture operation in the United States, sustainably raises Kona Kampachi, a Hawaiian yellowtail fish.

The company's open-ocean production techniques allow it to grow the fish at ocean depths of

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